Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sleeveless dress, often similar to an apron, generally worn over other clothes.
  • n. A simple jersey worn to denote teams or groups.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pinned; clogged; choked: as, a pinny file.
  • Noting bronze or wrought-iron when it contains a great many hard spots.
  • n. A pinafore: a childish or colloquial word.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sleeveless dress resembling an apron; worn over other clothing

Etymologies

Shortened form of pinafore. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One advantage, of course, in being the newspaper man is that when you have a bad cold, as I have now, you merely tell your wife to bring your typewriter to you in bed, you put it on your "pinny" and the world can proceed on its majestic round; but I have to inflict my cold upon you and all these unseen guests.

    London To Paris To Rome

  • Presently, from his discreet distance, he saw the mother-child going down the road toward Tod's, in her blue 'pinny' and corn-colored hair.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • Boy, with his "pinny" on, ran off in glee to make himself promiscuously useful, and I sat down to plan an attack.

    The English Governess at the Siamese Court Being Recollections of Six Years in the Royal Palace at Bangkok

  • States to visit her, and the only one she had, had been made into a best "pinny" for the child; she likewise begged a sight in the looking-glass, as she wanted to try on a new cap, to see if it were fixed to her mind.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • Another American squatter was always sending over to borrow a small-tooth comb, which she called a vermin destroyer; and once the same person asked the loan of a towel, as a friend had come from the States to visit her, and the only one she had, had been made into a best "pinny" for the child; she likewise begged a sight in the looking-glass, as she wanted to try on a new cap, to see if it were fixed to her mind.

    Roughing It in the Bush

  • With trainer Harold Shepherdson dressed in a pinny, hair net and curlers, waking the squad up at seven every morning by vacuuming the passageways; the team doctor, Neil Phillips, tasked with producing officious handwritten signs to stick above light switches; and fresh supplies of doilies flown in every few days, such was the level of familiar discomfort that homesickness among the England players was kept to an absolute minimum.

    All cisterns must be go for England's team at Euro 2012 | Harry Pearson

  • Dorothy, a war widow, is a painfully uptight figure who busies herself with household affairs and who even regards wearing a pinny in front of visitors as a breach of decorum.

    Grief at Cottesloe, London – review | Michael Billington

  • Roberta (fetchingly played by Jenny Agutter in the film, and by Labour's junior transport spokesperson Maria Eagle in the modern version) would whip off her red pinny and go racing down the line to stop the 12.04 Newark to Lincoln flyer.

    The Railway Children explain transport policy

  • At the centre is the very fine Sharon Small: fiery and darting, like a fighting cock – not least in the scene where, still in her pinny, she sports her present of a new red hat and is told by her crushing sisters that black would have been much more fitting.

    Men Should Weep; Blasted; When We Are Married

  • ” But instead, she knew, she’d look away and take her pinny to the fat, blind jar of pickled eggs and polish up the glass.

    Excerpt: Ruby's Spoon by Anna Lawrence Pietroni

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  • Pinafore.

    June 6, 2009